WAEA is committed to being a equitable, diverse, inclusive organization. In the summer of 2018 the board of directors formed a working group to help guide our organization address the policies, procedures, norms and actions.
In following the example of NAEA, it is our priority to work towards racial and gender equity, in addition to making our website accessible for all of our visitors. With this objective in mind we are working to have it comply with the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Various considerations for enhancing accessibility of this site have been addressed.
HISTORY of WAEA ED&I's WORKGROUP
WAEA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group Report
Washington Art Education Association has recognized the need to do very focused and sustainable work on expanding organization awareness, systemic practice and commitment to be more accessible and of interest to broader groups of educators and artists. WAEA does not want social justice to remain elusive or be dismissive or be in denial about our individual and organizational practices of insularity. That being said, we have formed a work group to challenge ourselves about this work. The work group that began to define this work met at our board retreat in August and agreed we would begin by seeking out supporters for this work.
WAEA has identified this need for reform and is now at the stage of seeking supporters for this need. We hope to be a national model for this work and work parallel to the National Art Education Association. Wanda Knight, Ph.D., who is the Chairperson for the NAEA Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion has agreed to work with us to help us accomplish our goals. WAEA wants to embed in its practices a
E, D & I component that guides our awareness of everything we do. What that looks like is the task at hand now. We are at the beginning stages of our commitment for this work. As we define this work we will also create a budget and find resources to support our goals.
At each Open Membership Meeting we will discuss dates to do this work and how we will begin to embed it in all our meetings, outreach and practices. All are welcome to be a part of the ED&I Workgroup and attend WAEA meetings.
The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 - EEOC
Passed by Congress in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the nation's first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.